We see the sound
1. "Sound + color"? The property of sounds to cause color images was noticed long ago. Much has been written about the color hearing of A. Scriabin, who saw musical…

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Unknown about Miles and not only
“The critics were still not up to me, but there was a demand for my albums. I could see it at least because around the same time Bob Weinstock (Prestige)…

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Romance of romance: new recordings of classical music
Let's talk about modern music. What is generally considered modern: everything that is not called "classics", or works of modern composers, written according to strict academic standards, or maybe just…

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European sound series

In the dark alleys: five new jazz albums

April is full of intoxicating spirit of renewal. And this happens every year. And, thank God, for over a hundred years at this time there are new jazz albums. April of the 19th year of the 21st century is the return from legend of legendary figures, a bold experiment in the difficult format of a duet and something almost impossible – a solo album on a non-solitary instrument. And also a lot of interesting author compositions. A hundred years ago, probably, the label “jazz” (or “jass”, as this word was written at that time) would not have been glued to anything from this collection, but so what? Continue reading

Remarkably Serious: An Interview with Spanish Brass Quintet Carlos Beneto Grau

A “rock band from brass” or a serious circus? The Spanish Brass brass quintet performed at the International Music Festival in Yaroslavl. Spanish macho virtuosi first appeared in Russia, and they simply fascinated the Yaroslavl public.

Mixing styles is traditional for this festival, whose art director, Yuri Bashmet, is himself a big fan of jazz, fusion and any interesting crossover. And just the wind compositions are usually responsible for the crossover, as they often play “normal” classics, and works by contemporary composers, and jazz. Spanish Brass too. Continue reading

12 best headphones of 2018 for real music lovers and sound lovers

In the modern bustling world of technology, a person is presented with a unique opportunity not to part with the beautiful. Thanks to the headphones, which are getting steeper from year to year, you can listen to music anywhere and at any time: in public transport, in the office, at the machine, and even at a meeting, if you really get bored. This review contains headphones that have recently entered the market and have already earned an almost perfect reputation. Continue reading

Sounds that do not exist
Let's listen to a tape recording of sacred music - Tibetan monks or Gregorian singing. If you listen, you can hear how the voices merge, forming one pulsating tone. This…

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Camera obscura: four new albums with classics
Let's talk about the chamber genre. Trio, quartet, quintet - that's all. The spring of 2019 brought a lot of beauty in this field: Shostakovich's canonical quintet, Yevgeny Kissin's only…

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The relevance of the use of music in teaching children to read, write and math
From ancient times to the present day, musical art has undoubtedly been recognized by philosophers, musicians, educators as an indispensable means of developing the spiritual world of man. No art…

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Mozart effect
Listening to Mozart's music enhances our brain activity. After listening to Mozart, people responding to the standard IQ test demonstrate an increase in intelligence. This phenomenon discovered by some scientists…

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